On a healthy grown dog, fleas may be nothing more than a nuisance. A dog that has health problems or one that isn’t keeping a healthy body weight can probably have serious health issues that come out of a flea infestation. While flea medication, the standard kind that you find over-the-counter at any pet store or drugstore can work with any adult dog, they really are not recommended for use on a puppy. What do you do if you have flea pest control problems dealing with puppies?
Fleas are parasites that live on the blood that they draw from an animal they bite. They do more than to merely than bite though. The saliva of a flea contains the eggs of parasitic worms. With the eggs of parasitic worms on their skin, dogs can become extremely itchy and uncomfortable. Puppies are small and they can’t afford the kind of blood loss that flea bites come with. Their little bodies quickly become anemic as can be seen from a puppy’s pale gums.
Almost any standard over-the-counter flea medication usually comes with warnings against use on puppies that are less than two months old. About the most popular treatment available for puppies is the Capstar one. It can be used as a flea pest control method with a puppy as young as a month old. With very young puppies, the best way to help with a flea pest control problem is usually to do it by hand and not depend on any treatments. What you do is, you bathe the young puppy in mild warm water with soap. This will usually kill all fleas.Once you’re done, you can dry your puppy and use a flea comb to remove any fleas that remain.
The way to bathe a puppy for flea control purposes is to apply the soap to the puppy’s coat before you actually wet the puppy. This way, the fleas have no time to prepare themselves for the assault. They just can’t survive in soap. The best soap for this kind of purpose is usually Dawn dish liquid. Prepare a soapy mixture half with water and half with soap and keep it ready before you bring your puppy into the room. You’ll need to soothe the puppy with a lot of tender loving care for a while before he’ll let you give him the treatment. Once your puppy is grown enough, say past the age of 2 to 3 months, you can put him on a regimen of preventive flea medication for his coat his whole life.